'''Intourist''' (, contraction of ''иностранный турист'', "foreign tourist") is a Russia
n travel agency
Intourist was the official state travel agency of the Soviet Union
, founded in 1929 by Joseph Stalin
and was staffed by NKVD
and later KGB
In 1933 Aron Sheinman
started work for Intourist in London and filled the post of Director from 1937 to 1939. When he was dismissed he refused to return to Moscow, and gained British citizenship later that year.
Intourist was responsible for managing the great majority of foreigners' access to, and travel within, the Soviet Union. One witticism of the Cold War period characterized Intourist by stating that "Intourist is to tourism what indigestion is to digestion."